Issues: Health

Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014
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Otsego County Mental Health Concerns Under The Microscope

ONEONTA, 04/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on a meeting he convened of local stakeholders to discuss the future of emergency psychiatric services in Otsego County and the surrounding region: 

“The decision by Bassett Medical center to terminate inpatient psychiatric services has wide-ranging consequences.  Today’s meeting of local stakeholders included a brief summary of what led to the decision, and more importantly, allowed for an open dialogue on actions to be taken to fill the pending treatment void.

April 17, 2014
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Senate passes set asides for disabled vets who own businesses

State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.

The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.

April 17, 2014
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Cayuga County Legislature votes 10-2 to urge state to require welfare recipients to be residents

March 27, 2014 6:05 am Samantha House | samantha.house@lee.net

AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.

On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.

The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.

April 17, 2014
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Senator Valesky, IDC Release Senior Affordability Report

(Albany, NY – March 2014) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chair of the Senate Aging Committee, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference, released a report in support of the conference’s proposals making New York State more affordable for senior citizens. Each of these proposals were addressed in the Senate one-house budget resolution.

April 17, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse

Yesterday, Senator David J. Valesky joined colleagues Senator Joseph Griffo and Senator Phil Boyle in Utica at a forum of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force is examining the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and will develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

April 16, 2014
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Seward To Host Senate Task Force On Heroin

ONEONTA, 04/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28 in Oneonta.  The forum is one of twelve being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

April 14, 2014
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Senator David J. Valesky joins Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that he has joined the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

“These drugs are highly addictive and extremely dangerous, and the increase in use that we’re seeing is deeply troubling,” Senator Valesky said. “Action is needed, and through this task force, I am hopeful we can do our part from a legislative perspective.”

April 14, 2014
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET WILL EXPAND NORTH COUNTRY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Includes Funding for Treatment of Up to 270 Additional Residents

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget reaffirms the state’s commitment to the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and provides for the expansion of mental health services in the North Country. 

Contained in the recently-enacted spending plan is $44 million in new funding for community-based mental health care, including $3.85 million in new funds for the creation and expansion of community-based mental health services in the North Country.  The additional aid will provide treatment for up to 270 additional North Country residents.

“The North Country community fought long and hard for the protection of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center and the vitally important services the facility provides to those struggling with mental health issues and their families,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 11, 2014
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Mini-Med School Program

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Winthrop-University Hospital will be sponsoring a free “mini-med school” program to help residents learn what to do in common types of medical emergencies. The program will take place on Thursday, May 1st from 7-9 pm in the Nassau County Legislative Chamber (1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola).

     Residents who participate in the program will have the opportunity to learn from trained healthcare professionals about what to do if they find themselves in a medical emergency where someone is suffering from:

     • Burns

     • Choking

     • Ear and eye trauma

     • Falls

May 1, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS & WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SPONSORING “MINI-MED SCHOOL” SEMINAR FOR RESIDENTS ON MAY 1ST

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Winthrop-University Hospital will be sponsoring a free “mini-med school” program to help residents learn what to do in common types of medical emergencies. The program will take place on Thursday, May 1st from 7-9 pm in the Nassau County Legislative Chamber (1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola). 

     Residents who participate in the program will have the opportunity to learn from trained healthcare professionals about what to do if they find themselves in a medical emergency where someone is suffering from: 

     • Burns

April 9, 2014
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"Going Blind" Documentary Vision Awareness Movie Screening

Senator Stewart-Cousins introduced "Going Blind" at the Vision Awareness Movie Screening event on Tuesday, April 8th in the Greenburgh Town Hall auditorium.

April 9, 2014
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Senator Gallivan's Family Health & Safety Fair

Free health screenings & safety information from the following:

April 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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JOINT SENATE TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 12 FORUMS TO BE HELD STATEWIDE

First Forum in Brentwood on Tuesday, April 8th to Examine Addiction Treatment and Prevention

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the schedule for the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. 

April 4, 2014
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State Senator Gustavo Rivera Speaks on the Senate's Passing of the 2014 - 2015 Budget

Commends funding for a number of important Health and Educational policies and programs; Expresses Disappointment Regarding Campaign Finance Reform and New Requirement for Bronx Hospital Projects

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Young Secures $5 Million in Funding for New York State Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities

ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.

“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2014
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